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Rupert Baines appointed CEO at QPT


Veteran of the semiconductor industry joins GaN-based motor drive start-up

QPT, a UK specialist in developing next generation GaN-based motor drives, has appointed Rupert Baines as its CEO with effect from 1 April 2024. He is a veteran of the semiconductor industry with C-level roles including CEO of UltraSoC (sold to Siemens) and CMO of Codasip.

Rob Gwynne, founder and CTO of QPT, said,:“Rupert has been the lead adviser for QPT since January 2022 and his support has been invaluable. We are now at a very exciting stage: first prototypes, customer traction and raising funding on Crowdcube. We are looking forward to having Rupert on board to accelerate our growth.”

Rupert Baines added: “I have been advising QPT for the last two years and am delighted to have been offered the role as CEO. The immense scale of the opportunity is incredibly exciting: up to 45 percent of world electricity is used in electric motors, which is increasing as we move to net zero, yet many motors are wasteful of energy. QPT’s qGaN technology is designed to make motors more efficient to reduce power consumption and carbon dioxide emissions so I was really proud to collect the winner’s plaque for the ABB ‘Power Density Start-up Challenge 2023 for Motor Drive Products’.”

QPT is dedicated to make the world use energy more efficiently with a next generation of motor drives and inverters based on the latest GaN transistors and controlled by QPT’s innovative qGaN technology. QPT’s studies show that they are more energy efficient while being much smaller and cooler than those based on legacy Silicon transistors or SiC.

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